Biography of Joseph A. Maxell
Crane Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies

JOSEPH A. MAXWELL, dry goods merchant, was born in Cumberland County, Penn., August 5, 1829. He is a son of George and Mary (Fulton) Maxwell, natives of Pennsylvania, and of Scotch Irish ancestry. They were the parents of eleven children, our subject being the youngest. The father died in his native county and State in 1847, aged sixty six years; the mother died in 1853, aged sixty six years. Joseph Maxwell, the sabjeeL of this sketch, engaged in teaching school in his native county at the age of nineteen years, and continued in this profession until 1856, when, having removed to Upper Sandusky, he was employed as salesman six months with Dr. Orrin Ferris in the drug business. He subsequently purchased Dr. Ferris' interest in the establishment, and formed a partnership with J. H. Holton. Two years after, Mr. Holton was succeeded by George J. Maxwell, and two years from this date J. A. Maxwell purchased his brother's interest and became sole proprietor, continuing the business six years, He disposed of his stock of drugs in 1866, and was one of the incorporators of the Wyandot County Bank, of which he was cashier eighteen months, and also a stockholder. In September, 1869, Mr. Maxwell entered into a partnership with T. E. Beery in the dry goods trade, in connection with which they dealt extensively in grain and wool, and this business relation was sustained three and a half years, at the end of which time the partnership was dissolved by mutual consent, Mr. Maxwell continuing in. the dry goods trade. He erected Centennial block, a large two.story brick building on Wyandot avenue, the main room being 40x85 feet, and the grocery room 20x85 feet in dimension. Mr. Maxwell occupies the main room with a large stock of dry goods, carpets, etc., and owns a half interest in the grocery store, which is also well stocked. In. politics, Mr. Maxwell is a Republican. His wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church, to which he is known as a liberal contributor. Mr. Maxwell was married November 17. 1857, to Miss Mattie A. Edwards, daughter of Hampton H. and Maria (Bean) Edwards, of Upper Sandusky. Six children were born to them, five living: Mary M., born June 30, 1859; Anna B., October 8, 1861; Ella J., June 19, 1864; Joseph E., August 16, 1869; Lottie B., January 8, 1875. The deceased is Charles A., born May 5, 1868, died May 27, 1868. Mr. Maxwell is, perhaps, the leading merchant of Upper Sandusky, carrying a stock the year round valued at $20,000. He is a man of large business experience and ability, and is thoroughly versed in all the various branches of his vocation. He is also a man of unquestionable character and gentlemanly bearing, and is entitled to a position in the front rank of citizenship not only for his superior ability as a business agent, but also for his inherent worth as an individual.

The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884

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